Caesar’s Grave

Where is Julius Caesar buried?

Right in the Roman Forum.

To be more accurate, the grave site actually marks the ruins of the Temple of Caesar. Caesar was cremated and thus has no grave or tomb, but people still leave flowers and notes on the altar.

It’s easy to miss if you’re exploring the Foro Romano alone because it’s located behind a low wall.  Keep an eye out for it next time you visit Rome!

18 Comments

  • Reply Royce July 12, 2011 at 11:31 am

    That’s like a classic Italian historic site. Not just because it has unbelievable history, but because modern Italians are apparently so used to it being there that they don’t take any particular care of it. Or make a big deal out of it.

    Have you ever seen Napoleon’s tomb? I know he died a little more recently, but my God – that is like the craziest 7-part casket-tomb of all time. King Tut is rolling over in his sarcophagus, he’s so jealous.

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  • Reply MURIEL KATT October 20, 2014 at 3:34 pm

    you would think this would be in a guidebook or something like that. maybe as you wrote italians are used to it so they dont think much of it, after all it has been over 2000 years ago that this happened, but at least we mark where our people of this country have marked our leaders graves, John Kennedy, Lincoln. and so on. But they dont let you know where Romes most famous man is buried thats a good one. well have fun if your going and say a prayer for the dead,

    • Reply Barnabus February 2, 2018 at 8:07 pm

      In case that was supposed to be English, this might help people who are trying to read it:
      *You *Maybe, as you wrote, *Italians *don’t think much of it; *leaders’ graves *don’t
      *Rome’s *that’s *Well *you’re

  • Reply Tara January 31, 2015 at 4:47 pm

    The thing is, this probably isn’t Caesar’s tomb, hence the lack of publicity. Cassius Dio tells us that his ashes were gathered up by his freedmen after the funeral and taken to the family tomb, which may have been the tomb of his daughter Julia, outside the city on the Campus Martius.

    A couple of sources do suggest that Caesar’s ashes were buried right in the forum itself (Nicolaus of Damascus, possibly Cicero), but it’s by no means definite.

    • Reply Natalie February 2, 2015 at 6:52 am

      Interesting! Thanks for that info

  • Reply Jillian dixon October 30, 2015 at 12:16 am

    I visited Rome and the forum, St. Peter’s basilica and the colesium with a fabulous guide called Fabio. He told us everything and it was awesome, just by walking around the forum in particular it didn’t look much but he explained everything, not many nitices up to explain so don’t even think of going without Fabio or another guide, it makes it. Other people were listening to him telling us about the places, we felt privileged but well worth the money.

    • Reply Natalie October 31, 2015 at 8:15 am

      Hi Jillian!
      Sounds like you had an amazing time! I think that guides are definitely worth it for the forum in particular, as you mention. There is so much history there but it can be hard to know what you are looking at!

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  • Reply test May 4, 2017 at 1:39 pm

    Very good write-up. I absolutely love this website.

    Keep writing!

  • Reply Tanya July 18, 2017 at 12:30 pm

    I am a direct descendent of Julius Caesar. He was my 64th great grandfather. I would like to tour the places related to him while visiting Rome someday. Since this posting is old, has more info been clarified as to where his ashes are or where he is officially “resting”?

    • Reply caesarionex September 21, 2017 at 12:31 pm

      Tanya, I hate to break it to you, but Julius Caesar’s two children died before they had any descendants of their own. He’s most certainly not your 64x great grandfather.

    • Reply Niggba November 16, 2017 at 5:25 am

      Lol it’s been so long since then there probably 1000s of people related to Cesar plus there’s no way to trace ancestry that far back because of religion and the dark ages

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  • Reply adfadfdsfadsf September 9, 2017 at 2:18 pm

    “He was my 64th great grandfather.”

    Oh, really? I DOUBT that very much.

    Only Her Majesty and other descendents of Charlemagne ( ie, Prince “badboy” Harry ) could claim that without being certified.

  • Reply Me December 2, 2017 at 4:13 am

    Julius Caesar’s son with Cleopatra was killed when he was 17. His daughter died in child birth. The baby died shortly thereafter. Caesar has no blood related descendants.

    Even his adopted son’s (Emperor Augustus) lineage can only be traced a short distance before it dead ends. There are no reliable records that exist past then. The fall of Rome and then the subsequent “Dark Ages” took care of that.

    • Reply Natalie December 5, 2017 at 10:43 am

      Interesting!

  • Reply Albert Indyvader April 12, 2018 at 1:49 am

    A typical trolling comment by Tanya just to get attention (as she never gets any – could be a guy, posing with a woman’s name… HAHAHAHA 😂😆😂) and bragging to make things up, like many of these fake & madeup profile accounts on Facebook. Just like of ‘how do certain profiles just recently created over 2 days get thousands of friends in that time??’… it’s BS!!!

    Btw, it’s fact not just true about the Caesar family. There’s no sufficient proof that Cleopatra’s son was Julius’s. That’s just modern western media rumours. But the son could had been from a General of Julius’s or even someone high up in the Egyptian monarchy. Also, it’s more true about Augustus’s lineage. Not only was he the adopted son of Julius, but was actually the nephew – being Julius sister’s son. This is fact!! Both Julius and Augustus’s records are believed to have been lost during the Dark Ages during the sacking of Rome by the Vandals tribe, around the 6th century – if not, lost before.

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